Journey of remembrance and reflection for boys

Boys and officers from the 16th Newtownabbey Boys' Brigade Company who took part in the Remembrance and Reflection project. INNT 44-500CON
Boys and officers from the 16th Newtownabbey Boys' Brigade Company who took part in the Remembrance and Reflection project. INNT 44-500CON

A GROUP of boys and officers from the 16th Newtownabbey Boys’ Brigade Company at Belfast City Mission in Rathcoole have been taking part in a project about ‘Remembrance and Reflection’.

Since the beginning of September, the group has been looking at various topics including the poppy, the two-minute silence, why some people don’t wear a poppy and why young people don’t tend to wear poppies.

They have also learned about The Menin Gate, The Commonwealth War Graves Commission, The Battle of The Somme, Poetry and Songs from the Somme and soldiers from the 36th Ulster and 16th Irish Divisions who fought in The Great War.

On November 9 the group will be heading to London for the weekend. The Company will be part of The Boys’ Brigade UK contingent who will be marching past The Cenotaph at Whitehall on Remembrance Sunday, November 11.

During their time there the group will be sight-seeing as well as visiting the new Bomber Command Memorial, Machine Gun Corps Memorial, Royal Artillery Memorial and others. They will also visit The Imperial War Museum and The Garden of Remembrance at Westminster.

As part of their trip, the boys will also attend the Festival of Remembrance in The Royal Albert Hall on Saturday, November 10.

“In these days I think it is very important that young people remember the sacrifices made by so many during wars and present day conflicts,” said Company officer Jim Holmes.

“The 16th Newtownabbey would like to thank Newtownabbey Borough Council Community Relations and KGVI Youth Awards for their financial help with this project.”